It’s hard to believe that we are halfway through Fall. Here in Northeast Nebraska we have had a near perfect fall and it looks like it will continue for a while. The farmers are getting the last of their crops in and preparing the land for next spring.
It has been a very interesting year at Almosta Farm. Many good things, but also some challenges to overcome. While I was out east to the Convention In June , we had an awful storm here with straight line winds which sent both of our 3 sided barns tumbling into the pastures. We have had them for 7 years and they have withstood many different kinds of weather. This was the perfect storm. Luckily, the animals were OK and that was the important thing.
So, what do we do now ? After visiting, so many farms through the years and saw many great set ups; I had a pretty good idea on how I wanted things set up this time. I firmly believe there is a reason for things to happen, and this was it, to get it right for us. So, we have a 40 x40, 3 1/2 sided barn ordered that should be built any day now. I also was able to purchase a squeeze chute, scales, etc. from Marsh Creek Highlands since they are retiring. I am excited to think that we are going to have a great set up when it’s done.
I have once again had the honor of showing a couple of animals for Gray Owl Farms and also for the first time We Tired Acres. We all had a good show season and am looking forward to going to the National Western Stock Show & Sale.
Being on the National Board , I have been involved in getting a separate display set up with Highland Cross Bred steers for folks to see just what the Highland breed can do for the Beef Industry at the National Western. Angus Mackay from Scotland is coming over to man the display for Q&A. He is such an engaging man and is a wealth of information as far as the breed and what it can offer. He has a butcher shop and raises cross breds along with purebred Highlands. He also judges shows all over the world.
We have submitted a black heifer sired by our Grand Champion Bull; Skye High Koal at the National Sale and am so proud of what he and “his cows” are producing for us. It will also be the first time that we have submitted a yearling bull into the National Sale. Raine is sired by our tried and true senior sire: Spring Flight Connecticut Yankee. He continues to amaze me on what he and “his” cows produce for us each year. Check them out in the sales section!
If you have not been to the National Western Stock Show in Denver, it’s worth the time to go and check it out . There is so much to see and the weather is always warmer than it is here in Nebraska. Plus it’s just fun. If you find yourself there, come look Almosta Farm up, take a break from walking and have a chat with us: The coffee pot is always on.
We wish you all very special holidays and a very Happy New Year.